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The Boston Globe

Opinion

DERRICK Z. JACKSON

Pay now or really pay later for transportation

The legislative back-and-forth on the state’s transportation financing plan highlighted this reality: While many politicians moan about the pain of taxes, the taxpayer is being eaten up by the state’s crumbling and creaking infrastructure.

When the House passed a $500 million tax hike earlier this week, it appeared that a myopic Legislature would shred Governor Patrick’s $1 billion transportation plan. House Speaker Robert DeLeo said halfway was as far as the House could go because working class and middle class constituents had no appetite for big new taxes.

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